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In 1958, as part of Operation Jingle Bells, a Hercules C-130, ferrying cargo and personnel to the United States from the Far East, encountered weather and abbreviated their flight into Langley. Little Rock Air Force Base was chosen as the alternative landing site. Getting the C-130 down onto the ground proved to be challenging when the controls for the trim system did not operate correctly. Through sweat and ingenuity, the crew got the bird landed and the personnel in the back applauded their efforts. The personnel and cargo were used as ballast to change the center of gravity. After that flight, the trim system in the C-130 was overhauled to allow for more trim degrees.
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Scholarly Commons Citation
Brady, T. (1973). On a Wing and a Strap. TAC Attack, 12(). Retrieved from http://commons.erau.edu/publication/474